Monday, June 24, 2013

Peace Offering (and a rejected cover)

Hey folks,

So, as you may have noticed, there was no weekly drawing last week. My apologies. It's been crazy busy over here. I'm getting ready to move from small town Utah (really, really small town) to the amazing borough of Brooklyn. I am so stoked, but a bit busier than I would like.

So, to make up for the absence of last weeks drawing, I have a peace offering for you all. Coming out on July 6th is the book UP IN THE AIR by Ann Marie Meyers, which I had the pleasure of illustrating. I was originally supposed to do the cover as well, but the Powers That Be wanted a bit more pop in the color than my traditional work style could provide, so they had their colorist take over. You can see the current cover on this. Anyhow, for your viewing pleasure, here if the final incarnation of the rejected cover:

Obviously, this is sans text. For some reason the skin tones are showing up a bit gray with this particular image, but you get the idea. What do you think?

Meanwhile, I'm off to another trip at the zoo! I'll post some of the resulting sketches on my return. Until then!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekly Drawing: The Night Circus

This weeks drawing comes from THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern. The chapter it comes from is titled "Bedtime Stories."

I love this book. The descriptive visuals, the creativity of environment, the characters. Depicted above is young Bailey Clark, a prominent character in the story. Bailey is a bored farm boy whose life is forever changed by an encounter with a certain red-headed girl who lives within the mysterious Le Cirque des Reves. I really connected with Bailey's character, and I wanted to depict a moment of the story where he is discovering a particularly odd attraction in the circus. If you want to know what is up with all the containers, I suggest you read the book.

Here is Amazon's blurb:
 The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Weekly Drawing: Danse Macabre

This weeks practice illustration comes from THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman, Chapter 5. The book won the Newbery award for Children's Literature. If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend that you do, and soon. It is beautifully written, and a personal favorite of mine. Here is the book description, as listed on Amazon:

It takes a graveyard to raise a child.
Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.